Nevertheless, the company is recalling the product out of an abundance of caution.
Smokehouse Pet Products is recalling its 4-ounce package of "Beefy Munchies" after routine testing by the Colorado USDA detected Salmonella in a sample collected from a pet store.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. The products were sold in Washington, Colorado, Michigan and North Carolina. The Combo Packs were manufactures from October 12, 2017 through February 2.
Shortly after the December 2017 recall, one of Darwin's customers learned that her German Shepherd, Blitz, had become infected with Salmonella.
The affected products are packaged into regular Turkey Pet Food cases and Pet Food Combo Pack cases, which contain a variety of pet food products.
"Darwin's told me it was safe to feed Blitz the (ZooLogics) food because it wasn't on the recall list they were dealing with back in November/December".
FDA has conducted two inspections of Darwin's manufacturing facility since mid-2016.
The recalled products is Redbarn's 7-inch Bully Stick in three pack. The company next recalled one batch of Meals for Cats, manufactured on June 1, 2017, one day after the completion of the 2017 FDA inspection. Consumers who purchased 7-inch Bully Stick multipacks with the affected lot code are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Infected pets can also be carriers and infect other animals or people.
This issue is of particular public health importance because Salmonella can make both people and animals sick. These raw pet foods include ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs Lot #41957 and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs Lot #41567. The dog tested positive for Salmonella from initial testing by the veterinarian and by follow-up testing by the FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN). Symptoms of salmonellosis in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea that may be bloody, abdominal cramps, and fever. That means washing your hands and anything else that comes into contact with the pet food for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water, says the FDA.
The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state's FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.